Whooo. Things are really heating up for Republicans who are rushing to fill the empty seat of U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz. They are like vultures sparking up heated debates and arguing credentials.
On Friday, there was an all out brawl, argumentatively speaking, over one of the candidates alleged former ties with Democrats.
Fox News reports:
Provo Mayor John Curtis defended himself by saying his principles never changed despite a two-decade-old “fling on the dark side.”
The three men vying to become the GOP nominee for the seat decried the failure of legislation to repeal the Obama-era health law, supported President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a wall along the border with Mexico and cheered Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords.
The debate got headed after candidate Tanner Ainge, son of Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, accused Curtis of switching sides. “I’m going to stick to my conservative principles,” Ainge said.
Chris Herros, a former state lawmaker, agreed with Ainge, saying that he has been “beaten up” for his views on some things regarding states’ rights and the Constitution. He added, “I’m the one of the three candidates that has the conservative record.”
Curtis then bragged and boasted that he had experience as a “popular mayor” and businessman, “My entire life I’ve fought for liberty, personal responsibility, accountability and family values,” he added.
When it came to the issue of healthcare, they actually agreed on something. They all said that they would work to have increased free-market reforms as well as health-savings accounts.
All three also agree that sanctuary cities must absolutely cease to receive funding.
Election officials say the race will go on even though nearly 70,000 Republican ballots were accidently sent to unaffiliated voters due to a coding error. It will be the county’s first vote-by-mail election and would have been a quiet affair before Chaffetz’s announcement. Utah County Clerk-Auditor Bryan Thompson said officials can identify unaffiliated ballots with a bar code and remove them before tallying the Republican race.
The U.S. House of Representatives seat was vacated by Chaffetz, a Republican who served as chairman of the powerful House Governmental Oversight Committee.
The three men biding for the position will face each other in a primary election on August 15. Then the winner of that election will go on to face Kathie Allen, the Democratic candidate, in November.
Chaffetz seat was made available at then end of June when he suddenly announced his decision to step down. He wants to spend more time with his family, he said.